Welcome to Pilgrim Community Nursery School, located in Pilgrim Congregational Church of Oak Park, Illinois.
We are a nonprofit, nonsectarian nursery school serving the community of Oak Park, Illinois and surrounding communities. We welcome children of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and economic situations. Our students represent the rich diversity of the greater Oak Park area.
Raffle tickets for our 34th Annual Cookie Walk go on sale today!
This year’s Cookie Walk raffle promises many exciting prizes, including gift certificates to local restaurants, music classes for kids, cooking classes, a historical weekend getaway, video games, craft baskets, photography packages and more! In addition, each class will be submitting a creative art project to the raffle. Raffle tickets are $1 apiece or $5 for 7. We’ll be selling raffle tickets early from 11am-12:30pm today (12/5) and then again on Friday (12/6) during set up (9-11am). The raffle tickets will be on sale until noon during Saturday’s Cookie Walk and the winners will be chosen.
Please don’t forget to stop into the Magic Tree Bookstore (141 N. Oak Park Avenue) by Thursday, December 5 to support Pilgrim Community Nursery School. The store is open from 9:30am to 8:30pm.
When you shop at The Magic Tree between now and December 5, the bookstore will donate 20% of your purchase to PCNS. Simply mention you are a Pilgrim supporter. This 20% portion will be donated in the form of a credit for Pilgrim teachers to purchase books and materials for their classrooms.
If you would like to make a personal donation to your child’s classroom, ask a staff member to point out the specially designated Pilgrim Teacher’s book shelf. There you will find books hand-selected by our teachers. Consider purchasing one of these for your child’s classroom!
You must mention that you would like your purchase to support Pilgrim Community Nursery School. Thanks for your support!
Did you know that PCNS earns money each time you shop online through eScrip’s Online Mall? Our partnership with eScrip allows you (and your family and friends!) to shop online at stores like Amazon.com, Best Buy, Gap, Old Navy, Target, and many more, enjoying the same great online prices and shipping deals, all the while raising funds for Pilgrim Community Nursery School.
Just select an online retailer through eScrip’s Online Mall and then shop as you normally would! A portion of each online purchase will automatically go to Pilgrim Community Nursery School. You must use the eScrip link for each shopping session, per retailer, in order for your purchases to benefit the school.
Supporting PCNS is just a click away! Tell family & friends and remember to bookmark:
You can shop with eScrip all year long! Online purchases only. In-store purchases not eligible.
Great news! We’ve been voted Hulafrog’s Preschool of the Year (Parents Pick) for 2013! Thanks to the Pilgrim community for your support!
As the winning preschool we will receive an original story show with Miss Tracey from Ballyhoo Inc., free marketing and advertising with Hulafrog, bragging rights, and more.
Many thanks, also, to Hulafrog Oak Park-River Forest. They are a go-to resource for parents and caregivers for the best local kid-friendly events and more. It’s great for families of preschoolers.
Each year our Raffle contributes about 20% of the revenue generated on the day of the Cookie Walk. Volunteers are busy soliciting local businesses for raffle items. However, business donations are only one contributor to the success of the raffle. Parent donations have played a large part in the past. So clean out the basement, find those unopened duplicate gifts and send them our way!
If you are lucky enough to not have a cluttered basement, there are a few items that can be picked up easily that always work well. In the past, the following types of items have been successful and generated a lot of ticket revenue: board games, Legos, science kits, art supplies, pre-school sized tennis rackets, soccer balls, wine, coffee beans and mugs, holiday wreaths, toy cars, gift cards, ”big ticket” items such as the iPod Shuffle, Leap Frog electronic toys, etc. These types of items always work well and benefit the school, but of course any item will be appreciated!
No matter how big or small, we can use the donation. The only requirement is that it is new and unopened. We will make it hassle-free to drop off donations; we’ll even come and collect them! We can also supply you with a donation receipt and tax ID number.
We ask that all donations be made by November 30th, 2013. If you have questions or wish to donate, please contact Stacey Belmont. Thank you in advance for making the 2013 Cookie Walk and Raffle a huge success!
Current Pilgrim Community Nursery School parents: Our Fall Survey is now online. Please take a minute to complete it and let us know what we’re doing well, and what we can improve! Check your email for the link. Thanks in advance for your participation!
Looking for something to do for dinner on Thursday, November 14? From 5pm-8pm that evening, Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Oak Park (1100 Lake Street) will be holding a fundraiser for Pilgrim Community Nursery School. 25% of the proceeds from all sales between 5pm-8pm will benefit PCNS’ programs and operations. Gift card purchases count too! Stop by and grab a sandwich!
Add something creative and fun to your child’s Fridays! Friday Enrichment classes begin October 4, from 9:30-10:30 AM, and include a variety of creative programs for children from 18 months to 5 years.
Class descriptions and enrollment forms can be found on the Friday Enrichment page or in the school lobby.
Questions? Contact contact the school office 708-848-5869 or email co-directors Rhona Taylor or Rebecca McLane.
Families with children in our morning sessions may be interested to know that we have openings in our Early Start program.
Early Start children arrive after 8:00 AM and before 8:45 AM, and spend that portion of the morning with Angelica Landa and Nicole Grochocki. Activities vary: from reading a story, to running laps, to doing a puzzle, to drawing pictures. The children enjoy saying “Hi” to our other teachers as they arrive and have a pleasant unhurried start to their mornings.
Want to learn more about Early Start? Contact us at (708) 848-5869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still looking for a preschool program (or know someone who is)? Come join us! Pilgrim Community Nursery School (PCNS) has limited openings in both our morning and afternoon programs for the 2013-2014 school year.
Our child-centered, play-based program promotes children’s curiosity of learning, and our students represent the rich diversity of the greater Oak Park area.
Want to learn more? Contact us at (708) 848-5869 or email@example.com to find out more and arrange for a visit!